DHS NOMINEE SAYS VISA OVERSTAYS SHOULD RECEIVE VISIT FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT

[1/10/17]  During his confirmation hearing for head of the Department of Homeland Security, retired Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly suggested that authorities visit the homes of people overstaying their visas.

Democratic Sen. Jon Tester initiated the discussion Tuesday, when he asked how exactly Kelly intended to handle the problem of people entering the country on visas and then simply refusing to leave.

As Tester noted at the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, while there are certain of bureaucratic steps to complete in order to gain entrance to the U.S., once here, the federal government does not possess a solid tracking system to keep tabs on when those visas expire and whether those people have left the country.

“How do you anticipate to make it work when those visas expires—to be able to notify those folks that, ‘Time to head back?’” Tester asked.